Monday, October 19, 2009
Doctor Strange- He's a REAL Doctor.
Comics are full of "Doctor"s. I sometimes wonder if there are more heroes and villains calling themselves "Doctor" or "Captain". Doctor Doom, Doctor Fate, Doctor Occult, Doctor Druid, Doctor Octopus, Doctor Midnight... you get the idea. But whereas most of these guys have PhD's, very few of them have an actual MD after their name.
Enter Doctor Stephen Strange, MD. who debuted in Strange Tales #110, although his origin wouldn't be revealed until Strange Tales #115. Dr. Strange was a brilliant and self-centered neurosurgeon whose hands were injured in an automobile accident. After trying every conventional means to restore his surgical talent, Strange undertakes a treacherous pilgrimage to the Far East, in search of a mystical hermit called the Ancient One.
After defeating the Ancient One's rogue disciple Baron Mordo, Strange becomes the Ancient One's new disciple, leaving surgery behind to become a Master of the Mystic Arts.
Doctor Strange has the power to leave his physical body to travel anywhere in the world, or even to other dimensions. He defends the Earth from mystical and trans dimensional invaders and has the enmity of several prominent demons.
Doctor Strange works as a mystical troubleshooter from his renovated brownstone in the Village where he lives with his manservant, Wong. I swear, I didn't make that up.
Steve Ditko, who was also the original Spider-Man artist, seems really at home drawing Doctor Strange. Psychedelic, mystical superheroes seem to have been right up his alley.